Last summer I spent many heat-indexed, ozone-alerted days digging out and dividing all my Stella d’Oro daylilies. They’d entered that phase of daylily life where they produced many leaves but few flowers. It was time to wrest them from the sun-baked ground and chop their root balls into pieces, making sure that each small root blob still had a couple of leaves attached to help it grow and recover. I planted a double row of these thin shoots beside the walk to my front door.
This morning the first flush of gold blossoms greeted me as Charley and I left for our walk.
The daylilies are a lesson in believing: From the tiniest pieces of root and leaf, planted with care and attention months ago, grow full, vibrant plants filled with buds, filled with the promise of flowers for months to come. From the slimmest of shoots, comes abundant, radiant beauty.